Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Completes Fuel On-load Certification Testing

Download: Printable PDF Date: 05 Apr 2018 07:01 category:
Publisher:
Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Completes Fuel On-load Certification Testing - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: United States Aircraft: Airplanes

Boeing recently achieved a major certification milestone following a successful refueling flight between two KC-46 tankers. The company's tanker program has now completed its required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) fuel on-load testing. 

A Boeing KC-46 tanker refuels a second KC-46, transferring 146,000 pounds of fuel as part of its “on-load” certification testing. The KC-46’s refueling boom allows it to transfer up to 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute.

During the three-hour, forty-eight minute flight, a KC-46 successfully transferred 146,000 pounds of fuel to a second KC-46, while achieving the maximum fuel off-load rate of 1,200 gallons per minute. Both aircraft took off and landed at Boeing Field, south of Seattle. 

For its Federal Aviation Administration STC testing, the KC-46 demonstrated the ability to safely/effectively receive fuel from three other tankers -- KC-46, KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft. As part of the series of tests, KC-46 tankers took on 540,600 pounds of fuel and completed 68 contacts with refueling aircraft.  

When in service, the KC-46 will refuel U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft using its boom and hose and drogue systems, but also must be able to take on fuel to extend its operational range. The boom allows the tanker to transfer up to 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute, while the hose and drogue systems, located on both the plane's wing and centerline, enables the KC-46 to refuel smaller aircraft with up to 400 gallons of fuel per minute.

A combined Boeing/U.S. Air Force team is currently working to complete the overall STC testing, which encompasses the military systems that are installed on the commercial 767-2C to make it a tanker. To date, the program's test aircraft have completed 2,700 flight hours and more than 2,500 contacts during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft. 



Loading comments for Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Completes Fuel On-load Certification Testing...


Recommended

New urban Jetcopter VTOL air taxi promises to be the innovative ´star of the show´

Powerful Jetcopter VTOL urban air taxi will be first shown in Friedrichshafen The new Jetcopter urban VTOL air taxi will be shown for the first time at the AERO 2019 general aviation trade exhibiti...

Personalised, high-end “flying clubs” increase in popularity in China

In 2018, Sino Jet subsidiary, GEOSTAR, has been rising the ranks of specialist travel service providers in China. The company is making a mark on the business aviation industry as specialist &ldquo...

ACJ320neo delivered to Comlux

First of three ACJ neo1 of Comlux is received! Now it will enter VIP cabin-outfitting by Comlux Completion in Indianapolis. It is the largest customer for the ACJ320neo Family, which has alr...

Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance - benefits, perspective and development by HeliFlite Kurt Carlson

Beginning of March we reported the creation of Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance, meant to connect VIP helicopter charter operators and to open new opportunities, new destinations for...